Are you planning to teach Jesus Once Was a Little Child this year? It’s one of the suggested songs as part of the 2023 Primary Program Songs for the New Testament list!
I’m curious to hear if this song is on your list as one of your Children’s Sacrament meeting presentation songs! It can certainly fit, or it would be good to use as a reverence song or with your wiggle songs as the kids come into the Primary room.
I love how this song talks about Jesus in his youth to help the little children better relate to Him. He wasn’t just a baby or just a grown man that died for us, he went through childhood just like all of us do!
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I’ve gathered 21 fun ways to teach Jesus Once Was a Little Child in Singing Time that you’re going to love. There’s movement ideas, a so much fun magic crayon, even a draw the song challenge!
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5 Jesus Once Was a Little Child Teaching Ideas Packet
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Jesus Once Was a Little Child Flip Charts
To help you get started, you can head over to grab our Jesus Once Was a Little Child Flip Charts! There are a few different styles to best fit your needs.
You can grab a simple lyrics only option or a colorful traditional flip chart with pictures, or even use our slideshow flip chart! Plus, a fun color-in flip chart style!
This song is included in the Children’s Songbook on page #55. You can find printable sheet music on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website here.
How do I teach Jesus Once Was a Little Child?
An easy way to teach Jesus Once Was a Little Child for the first time is by drawing simple shapes for each line of the song with this magic crayon idea. Then, try to draw the song together by each line.
Continue teaching this song with all of these fun activities shared below by picking out your favorite ideas from this list.
6 Jesus Once Was a Little Child Singing Time Ideas
This post will help you find all of my Jesus Once Was a Little Child teaching ideas around this blog. Plus, I’m also sharing additional favorite lesson plans from other Primary music leaders at the end of this post!
1. Jesus Once Was a Little Child – Magic Crayon
Have the Primary kids draw in the air a series of simple shapes and then reveal a magic hidden picture that they were drawing after a few times through the song – a picture of Jesus and them standing together in this cute Jesus Once Was a Little Child Magic Crayon lesson plan!
This one was specifically designed for the first verse, but would also work with the second verse with the extension activities included.
2. Jesus Once Was a Little Child – First Letters
Can the kiddos help you put all the scrambled up Jesus Once Was a Little Child First Letters cards back in the right order? Using just the first letter of each word can be a strong visual reminder of what word comes next!
3. Jesus Once Was a Little Child – Foreign Language
Your group will love trying out different variations of the word “try” with this fun Jesus Once Was a Little Child Foreign Language activity. Includes 8 different language cards to “try” to say or sing!
4. Jesus Once Was a Little Child – Yoga Poses
You’ll help get in some purposeful movement with this Jesus Once Was a Little Child Yoga Poses singing time idea. It perfectly fits the slow movement and flow of this song with 3 different held poses for each part of the song!
5. Jesus Once Was a Little Child – Draw the Song
Now, it’s time to see if they can complete the Jesus Once Was a Little Child Draw the Song Challenge! There’s a simple task for each page of lyrics or instead use this printable as a draw your own flip chart exercise!
6. Jesus Once Was a Little Child – Poster Sized!
Make poster boards cutout of a child-size Jesus! A great way to do this is to line up 2 poster boards for a taller cutout and then trace one of your own children ahead of time! Let the children help color or add details to the cutout.
15 More Jesus Once Was a Little Child Singing Time Ideas:
Here are some more fun ways to teach this song inspired and created by other Primary Music Leaders.
1. Jesus Once Was a Little Child – Hand Bells
For a fun way to teach this song, try out the Merry Bells play along videos or printable hand bell charts! You can take 10% off any purchase with the coupon code: PrimarySinging. Jesus Once Was a Little Child is included in their Primary Songs Set #1 bundle.
2. Jesus Once Was a Little Child – Hand Clap Pattern
This clapping pattern is so clever and fun! It will take a little practice, which is great for getting in lots of repetition! Follow along with Sharla’s Hand Clap pattern for Jesus Once Was a Little Child!
3. Jesus Once Was a Little Child – Scroll
Have your Primary children color in this creative scroll from Christ’s day with all the lyrics to Jesus Once Was a Little Child! It’s a great take-home item for the kids to work on the song at home. You could even use the blank version and have the older children come up with their own art for the scroll and bring it back for show and tell!
4. Jesus Once Was a Little Child – Matching Definitions
You can dive into some of the lyrics of the song with this Jesus Once Was a Little Child Matching Definitions on Teaching Primary Music. Pair it with a series of different pictures from Christ’s life and half them pick a box to uncover what’s underneath.
5. Jesus Once Was a Little Child – Sway and Freeze
Jesus Once Was a Little Child Sway and Freeze with Sharla is a nice and easy movement activity to help engage the Junior Primary kids especially with the melody.
6. Play one of these Music Videos:
7. Melody Map (Angie Killian)
8. Big Picture Poster (Facebook Group)
9. Melody with Come Follow Me (Facebook Group)
10. Mirror Flip (Facebook Group)
11. Unscramble Keywords (Facebook Group)
12. ASL & Simple Actions (YouTube)
13. Alternate Dance Scarves Pattern (Facebook Group)
14. Games of Jewish Youth (Facebook Group)
15. Hand Motions (YouTube)
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What other fun Jesus Once Was a Little Child singing time ideas have you tried? We’d love to see your fun ideas! Share them in the comments to add to this list.